South Korea reported 689 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday of which 673 were local transmissions.
This is the second highest number of new cases reported by the country and the highest since the country entered a third wave of infections.
The capital region recorded more than 500 local transmissions with Gyeonggi-do Province seeing its record number of new cases with 225.
This third wave experts say could be the biggest and the longest of the waves the country has endured so far.
This is not just a problem for the capital region but also a problem for the rest of the country too.

“Looking at the recent spread of COVID-19, there is a pattern of spread across the nation through contact with friends and family in the capital region. In addition, the rise in cases outside the virus prevention areas is making it more difficult to stop the spread. In the end, to stop the spread, we must first seize victory against the virus in the capital area.”

To achieve this, the government is setting up about 150 temporary screening centers in and around Seoul.
It will also call up additional man-power to run these.

“In addition, we will make full epidemiological efforts by deploying 800 military and police personnel, and training public service workers in the capital region.”

Clusters from daily activities are increasing, with infections linked to a restaurant and singing class in Seoul topping 200.
The city of Ulsan reported the most cases outside of the capital region with 47 after a major cluster in the city, which began at a middle school earlier this month and has spread to other schools in the area.
Apart from clusters, the percentage of untraceable cases reached 20.5 percent making the task even tougher for health authorities.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.

Reporter : tkim@arirang.com

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